The CEO of Signet Jewellers has responded to criticisms levied against the company and the jewellery industry on the whole in an open letter. \r\n\r\nVirginia Drosos\u2019s response came after a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report rated the company\u2019s policies towards responsible sourcing as \u2018moderate\u2019. \r\n\r\nIn the letter Drosos labels criticisms from the HRW towards the RJC as \u201cincorrect\u201d and that the report \u201ccontains language chosen more to criticise our industry rather than provide constructive recommendations\u201d.\r\n\r\nRead the full letter from the Signet CEO below: \r\n\r\n\r\nJewelry, for me, like many customers, is all about a meaningful moment, about a relationship, about self-expression. At Signet Jewelers, we have the privilege of selling a product that inherently carries a strong emotional attachment and can be the conduit to a customer's most memorable moments. \u00a0It is also one of the key reasons that the responsible sourcing of the gold, diamonds and other precious metals and stones must be a priority for everyone along the global jewelry supply chain.\r\n\r\nSignet believes that visibly leading in the area of responsible sourcing is essential for our success, and our industry\u2019s growth. Customers want transparency. They respect integrity. They care about the story behind what they purchase. \u00a0We must respect that, and work together to give it to them.\r\n\r\nAs part of our efforts to take the lead in ensuring the integrity of the global jewellery supply chain, Signet created the award-winning Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocols. Mandatory for all Signet suppliers, these Protocols incorporate best-in-class principles that ensure Signet is leading the continuous improvement in the integrity of the jewelry global supply chain with an emphasis on transparency and the protection of human rights.\r\n\r\nCertified Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) membership is also a requirement for all Signet jewellery suppliers. RJC membership reinforces Signet\u2019s industry leadership position on responsible practices and requirements in the areas of human rights, health and safety, and labour practices throughout the global Signet supply chain.\r\n\r\nRecently, Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-profit organization, released a report on \u2018The Hidden Cost of Jewelry.\u2019 In the spirit of transparency and cooperation, Signet and other members of the jewelry industry engaged openly and extensively with HRW. Unfortunately, the report contains language chosen more to criticize our industry rather than provide constructive recommendations. In particular, we believe HRW\u2019s assessment of the RJC standards is incorrect.\r\n\r\nWe would welcome HRW to engage more constructively with the RJC and other participants in the jewelry industry. Unwavering product integrity is fundamental for Signet - and we believe it should be for the entire industry. Going forward, Signet urges everyone with a stake in our industry to join us in this diligent pursuit of excellence and transparency.